PENN VALLEY, Calif. (CBS13) — A man who was savagely beaten by two men he invited into his home Monday evening is still in serious condition, authorities said.READ MORE: Many Californians May Be Underinsured For Upcoming Storm
James Wright, 81, allowed a man into his Penn Valley home after he knocked at about 6:00 p.m., according to his wife, Vera Wright. James believed the man was his former tax preparer, she said.
“Jim asked, ‘Are you Frank?’ And the guy said yes, and Jim said, ‘I haven’t seen you in 20 years,’” Vera said.
The man charged his phone and asked for a glass of water, but soon asked for money and grabbed a crowbar out of his car when Jim refused, authorities said.
“Then the guy proceeded to hit him in the head seven times,” Vera said.READ MORE: Parts Of Nevada County May Be Evacuated Due To Storms
Neighbors rushed to the home and found the victim covered in blood, and emergency crews rushed him to the hospital for treatment.
Yuba County authorities said they spotted suspects 22-year-old Dillon McMahon and 19-year-old John Adrian in a stolen car a short time later, and pursued the two men to Marysville, where spike strips disabled the car.
The Placer County Sheriff’s Department believes the two stole the vehicle earlier Monday before driving to Penn Valley. The two had been reportedly knocking on doors in Wright’s neighborhood and asking for money.
The suspects are facing a laundry list of charges including carjacking, kidnapping and attempted murder.MORE NEWS: Sacramento Police Put Out Traffic Alert Ahead of Ironman
James Wright is listed in serious condition but is conscious and alert.